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    Thanks for taking a look at my page! I've been licensed since 1995 when I passed my Tech -No Code . Since then I've been mainly inactive until about a year and a half ago. My heart has always been in HF and DXing .From 1995 till around 2003 I wasa Tech No-Code.Then I decided to upgrade to General . I figured that I'd give the code another shot . Esp. since the FCC dropped the 13 wpm to 5 wpm . At that time I had been living in Boynton Beach , FL. So I studied for about 4 months and passed my General. Finally after being off the air for about 10 or so years I purchased my 1st HF / VHF / UHF rig .  After looking at countless radios that I couldn't afford and I was looking for that " All in one package . I ended up purchasing the Yaesu FT. 857D , the ATAS - 120A antenna, and an MFJ 30 amp P.S. . When it was time to operate , I'd stretch out my coax from my workbench to the car.  That worked great for a while but I quickly figured out that this antenna has to be changed if I'm going to be able to do more! So taking into account that I have $$ restrictions and I'm also restricted on what kind of antennas I'm able to put up. So I purchased the Comet CHA - 250BX. A year later I upgraded again. But now I've put up a Gap Titan Dx. when purchasing the Gap , I couldn't say no to purchasing a new radio . I purchased the 200w Kenwood TS-480HX.  What a difference!!  The FT-857D will be my Data / spare radio.  My next piece to the puzzle that I'll be adding is an amp.  Somewhere around the 500-800w range. Again $$ is the deciding factor. But hopefully I'll be adding that within the next few months!

My station set up consists of :                                                       

Kenwood TS-2000 ( 100w )

Kenwood TS-480HX ( 200w ) 

Yaesu FT-857D ( 100W )

Yaesu FT-7900 2m/440 ( 50w )

Ameritron ALS-600 / ALS-600PS ( 600 w Amp )

Heil PR-781 mic                                               

Heil PR-10 desk mic

Heil HB-1 Mic Boom

Yaesu MD-100 desk mic

GAP Titan DX ( Main Antenna )                              

Comet CHA-250BX ( Back Up Antenna )                                                     

Discone ( For 2m / 440 mHz )

Astron 70A P.S. ( for the Kenwood )

MFJ 30A P.S.

MFJ 267 Dummy Load / Wattmeter

My station may be small and basic but that makes working those harder contacts that much more rewarding ! I operate 40m thru 10m . With 20m, 17m, and 15m being my favorites . When on the bands I'm always looking for hard to work DX as well as Special Event Stations, some Nets , etc. I stay on SSB for now. I haven't got into RTTY or any of those modes yet . And as for CW? I'm basically going to have to relearn the code. But we'll go back down that path in due time. But for now I can't believe the contacts I've made with such a limited area for antennas, budget, and keeping myself only on SSB.

  Outside of radio, I work for Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals at the Port of Milwaukee. I'm a heavy equipment operator and most my time is spent operating a Caterpiller 980G loader. I've been an operator for almost 20 yrs. with most of my seat time in equipment building roads, sewer/water pipeline, mass excavating, and demolition. At the Milwaukee Bulk terminal we handle all types of different materials such as salt, coal, soda ash, milorganite, limestone for power plant smoke stack scrubbers. But our main material we handle is road salt and other special salt. Milwaukee Bulk recieves the salt by self unloading Great Lakes freighters . ( see pics below) and then load into trucks that take it to the customers. We handle the most salt tonnage east of the Missisippi River. ( Thats not including the mines where the ships load )In Jan/Feb 2014 and also Jan 2015 we've set the record for our customer in moving 500,000 tons of treated road salt. Thats not including our other 2 large customers that we handle for road salt. On top of loading trucks and barges, I over see the offload of salt that the various vessels bring.

  As I mentioned above , I lived in S. Florida . I lived in Boynton Beach / Delray Beach area as well as downtown West Palm Beach for 10 years. While living there I was fortunate to be able to get out on the ocean whenever I wanted to. Needless to say my free time was mainly spent fishing and diving from Juno Beach down to Miami. Sometimes getting down to Marathon Key and go fishing/diving through out the Florida Keys . The pics I have posted were taken in Key Largo ( above ) and the marina at the end of my road in West Palm Beach ( Sunrise pic below ).Eventually I came back north for work and due to a few other things I stayed . But it's only a matter of time before I move back down to Florida.

Thanks for looking over my page ! Check back sometime, I'll be adding to it from time to time. I QSL by Direct, eQSL.com , LOTW , and by the Bureau. If you could please confirm our QSO on QRZ.com , LOTW , and on Clublog.com . I'm good on all 3! Take care and I hope to meet you on down the log!




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United States Counties Award#1523
Granted: 2016-07-19 20:50:08   (N9ZYL)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
DX World Award#3122
Granted: 2016-01-10 14:25:02   (N9ZYL)

Grid Squared Award#10323
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World Continents Award#2637
Granted: 2015-02-13 02:30:03   (N9ZYL)

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